Lifting Preschool Quality

Nurturing Effective Teachers

Authored by: Bruce Fuller , Rebecca Anguiano , John W. Gasko

Handbook of Research on the Education of Young Children

Print publication date:  August  2012
Online publication date:  January  2013

Print ISBN: 9780415884341
eBook ISBN: 9780203841198
Adobe ISBN: 9781136897023

10.4324/9780203841198.ch27

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Abstract

Parents and government now spend over $48 billion each year on early childhood services, which involves a robust array of local organizations that continue to expand (Marketdata Enterprises, 2005). Two-thirds of the nation’s 4-year-olds now attend a preschool center, up from just one-sixth in the 1950s. 1 A half-century of research shows that preschool organizations, when offering vibrant, high-quality programs, yield strong and sustained benefits for children from low-income families. 2

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